- The Washington Times - Thursday, August 1, 2002

CARY, N.C. (AP) Bai Jie and Mia Hamm each scored twice in the second half last night as the Washington Freedom extended their unbeaten streak to seven games with a 5-2 victory over the Carolina Courage.

Carolina (10-5-3) sustained its third straight loss while playing in front of a franchise record crowd of 7,219 fans.

The Courage led 2-1 at halftime after Danielle Fotopolous and Birgit Prinz each scored their ninth goals of the season.

Abby Wambach recorded her 10th, Washington's only score of the first half, and then assisted on three of the Freedom's four second-half goals.

Wambach fed Bai for her first goal in the 53rd minute and then assisted Hamm on the goal three minutes later that put Washington (9-5-5) ahead 3-2.

Hamm assisted Bai on her second goal that put Washington up 4-2. Hamm scored an insurance goal in the 80th minute off an assist by Wambach.

Hamm scored the game-winner in the 56th minute by sliding down inside the 6-yard box and one-touching the ball into the goal.

Fotopolous scored in the 26th minute with a header past goalkeeper Siri Mullinix. Prinz gave Carolina a 2-1 lead with one minute left in the first half.

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